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Pursuing MBA after Mechanical Engineering
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Rachita Mitra

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Is it okay to switch career from engineering to management – this question is getting circulated after Harsh Tulsiani, a graduate from Pennsylvania University, school of engineering, changed his career in management. He was working at a Big 4 Firm in the finance department while the idea of getting an MBA degree just popped up in his mind. Let’s have a clear idea of it –

MBA after Mechanical engineering with scholarship in Canada: How It Started?

Harsh Tulsiani, with 2 years of working experience and a low GMAT score in the first 2 attempts (610 and 600) faced a little disadvantage compared to those with 4 or more years of working knowledge. He even decided to give up as well.

The idea of team building and leadership was in him from his school days. He knew the importance of motivation as well as the wish of helping others in leadership. He used to do charity to keep him humble.

Before pursuing MBA, he was in KPMG in Mergers and Acquisitions consulting. Here, every single day he had to provide an innovative solution to a number of problems. He used to be in the investment banking sector and handling the tens of thousands of questions of the clients was the greatest deal to him.

When he was working with business operations, he found that he was more interested in financial data analysis and this is when he decided to get an MBA degree.

Process of getting MBA Degree

As soon as he decided to get MBA, he targeted a GMAT score of 700. With 3 weeks of GMAT preparation, he obtained a 600 GMAT score. Next year he had to retake GMAT but the score was 600. He felt like giving up but later decided to take GMAG one last time. After 1.5 months of the second attempt, he appeared in GMAT and secured a score of 700.

At this time, he took help of official GMAT materials, Kaplan materials, Manhattan materials, and others for a realistic GMAT practice.

Working with MBA Consultants

Instead of doing it individually, Harsh Tulsiani decided to go with MBA consultants. He wanted to express his ideas explicitly and that’s why he had words with others who had also taken MBA consultants. After signing up for the MBA application review with 5 B-schools, he started with interview preparation.

He got the ideas of the interview questions based on SOPs and it literally paced up his interview preparation process.

MBA application Strategy

He had everything pre-planned and this was an advantage to him – he didn’t lose even a little time in between and his focus was never shifted. His target was to apply to the universities offering good education along with better job prospects. In his list, there was no B-school from US as the local laws limit the score of international students there.

He mainly focused on the B-schools of Canada for better job opportunities; however, the number of reputed B-schools was not sufficient there. He also targeted 3 B-schools from Europe. He had words with the candidates of these universities and came to know the job opportunities on a global level.

All About the Interviews

The interview questions mainly tested how the candidates respond when they are under pressure. Proper preparation of the interview question can help them to tackle these types of questions.

Interview results appeared within 2-6 weeks and out of the 7 universities he applied to, he got admission in 2 - Schulich and McGill.

He went for McGill because of 33% scholarship and the short cohort can offer more support during the MBA program.

So, it is possible to switch from mechanical engineering to MBA – all you need is patience and determination. It is beyond mention that experience of Harsh Tulsiani was an add-on here, especially in terms of interviews and the candidates with experience will be one step ahead while switching their careers. So, if you have to be sincere about GMAT preparation as well as the interview preparation.